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Vol. 101 No. 145 Friday, December 3, 2010


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YMS plays Brighton
Charter School in
basketball ... Page 10
Local man accused
of burglary... Page 12

Community plans
holiday parade and
festivals ... Page 16

Having trouble
sleeping? ... Page 9


Lake Levels

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Two face drug charges


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A suspected rolling methamphetamine
lab was brought to a screeching halt Tuesday
night with the arrests of a Glades County man
and woman in Buckhead Ridge.
Arrested Nov. 30 were William Mathias, 36,
C.R. 721, Lakeport, and Leslie Whitehead, 32,
Saddle Lane, Moore Haven. Both were booked
into the Glades County Jail under a felony
charge of possession of listed chemicals and
a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug
See METH Page 5


Leslie Whitehead


Schools near


to class size


compliance

Clerical error put one
classroom over limit
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Thirty-five school districts in the state
face penalties for violating Florida's class-
size law and Okeechobee is among them.
Okeechobee had one classroom at Sem-
inole Elementary School that services both
second grade and kindergarten fail to make
the 18 and under student requirement.
Assistant School Superintendent Mary
Hurley explained it was a clerical and
scheduling issue and that the scheduling
had been changed with the addition of a
new classroom building this summer. There
were never more than 18 students in that
classroom, she said.
The district will appeal the possible pen-
alty which would be FTE of 15 students or
roughly $45,000.
The class size law limits classes to 18
students for core courses like reading,
math, language arts, and foreign language
in grades pre K thru third, 22 students for
fourth thru eighth grade, and 25 students
from grades nine thru 12.
Until this year, the class sizes were de-
termined on the grade averages. This year
every physical classroom had to comply.
"We have been very successful at meet-
ing the requirements when they were at
the school average. We were one of the
first districts to do so. We see the benefits
of smaller classroom sizes for lower per-
forming students. We also feel some higher
performing students in certain classrooms
can still succeed in large classrooms," Ms.
Hurley said.
Ms. Hurley said the error was only on pa-
See SCHOOLS Page 5


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Okeechobee News


Value adjustment board


denies resident's petition


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Value Adjustment Board had a short
meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 1, hearing only
one of the three petitions on the agenda. The
purpose of the board is to hear and rule on
the petitions of citizens who feel that the as-
sessed value of their property, as determined
by the property appraiser, is unfair.
David Kline was not satisfied with the
quality of law enforcement and fire protec-
tion he was receiving for his ad valorum
taxes and non ad valorum assessments.
"I have received no services for my prop-
erty taxes since 2004," Mr. Kline asserted.
"All the basic services on my bill have never
been provided."
He went on to state problems with a long
response time or no response to several
brush fires on his property and having live-
stock stolen on several occasions.
"The only thing we can make a determi-
nation on is if the ad valorum assessment
is fair and equitable," admonished board
chairman Joey Hoover. "Keep your com-


ments confined to that."
Mr, Kline did not present any information
to refute the assessed value of his property.
Board attorney Glen Sneider advised Mr.
Kline to seek legal counsel on this other is-
sues.
Mickie Bandi of the property appraiser's
office explained the process his office went
through to determine the assessed value of
Mr. Klein's property. They looked at six sales
of comparable properties in the last year
and based Mr. Kline's assessment on those
sales.
After hearing Mr. Bandi's presentation,
the board voted to deny Mr. Klein's petition.
Ronald and Lorraine Mixon had a petition
before the board, but they were not present,
so the petition was denied.
The petition of Thomas Nicholl was not
heard because, according to Mr. Sneider, Mr.
Nicholl had just cause to reschedule. That
petition will be heard at a later date.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Eagles to hold turkey shoot
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, at 9985 Hwy. 441 N., will hold a turkey shoot on
Saturday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. For information call 863-763-2552.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
Florida Department of Transportation
Tentative Five Year Work Program
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida's Turnpike Enterpnse announce public hearings to which all
interested persons are invited. Specific notice is provided to the Lee County, Sarasota/Manatee, Charlotte County-Punta
Gorda and Collier Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Central Florida
Metropolitan Planning Organization Alliance, West Central Florida Metropolitan Planning Organizations Chairs
Coordinating Committee, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority and the county commission chairpersons of
Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk and Sarasota Counties.


Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m. or soon thereafter
Place: Chain of Lakes Complex (Pool Room)
210 Cypress Gardens Blvd
Winter Haven, Florida


Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Time: 5 pm or soon thereafter
Place: City of Fort Myers Council Chambers
2200 Second Street
Fort Myers. Florida


PURPOSE: The public hearings will consist of presentations by the department on the FDOT Tentative Five Year Work
Program for fiscal years 2011/12 2015/16, followed by a public testimony period. The public is invited to review the work
program. Department staff will be available for informal discussion and assistance. A court reporter will be available to
accept comments for entry into the public record.
The hearings will be conducted pursuant to Section 339.135(4)(c), Florida Statutes, as amended, and are being developed
in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary who believes they have
been discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or family status may file a
written complaint to the FDOT District One Title VI Coordinator or the FDOT Equal Opportunity Office as shown below:
DISTRICT ONE CENTRAL OFFICE
Robin Parrish Charlotte Thomas
District Title VI Coordinator State Title VI Coordinator
Florida Department of Transportation Florida Department of Transportation
P.O Box 1249 605 Suwannee Street
Bartow, FL 33831 Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
Persons with disabilities who may require special accommodations at the public hearings in accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Cindy
Clemmons, Florida Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 1249, Bartow, FL 33831, (863) 519-2362, or by e-mail to
cindy.clemmons@dot.state.fius. A copy of the hearing agenda may be obtained from Ms Clemmons.
Written comments will be accepted by the department at the public hearings or if received by December 31, 2010
Comments should be mailed to:
Stanley M. Cann, P.E.
District Secretary
Florida Department of Transportation
P.O. Office Box 1249
Bartow, FL 33831
For information about additional public meetings in your area, please contact:


Cindy Clemmons
Florida Department of Transportation
District One Headquarters
801 N Broadway
P.O. Box 1249
Bartow, FL 33831
(863) 519-2362


Debbie Tower
Floida Department of Transportation
Southwest Area Office
10041 Daniels Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33913
(239) 461-4300


December 3, 2010


UKeecnoDee ilews/ieie uawaa

Twenty five years' service
At the Thursday, Nov. 18 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission,
commissioners issued a proclamation honoring Jack Burkes, center, fire-
fighter/EMT, upon his retirement after 25 years with Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue. Commission chairman Clif Betts, left, presented a copy of the
proclamation to Mr. Burkes. Accompanying Mr. Burkes was his wife, Connie
Curry.






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Philippine Heritage Complex hosts fundraising festival


Families looking for an event to bring
their kids, families or relatives during their
holiday should consider PHILFIESTA, an ex-
citing outdoor festival of entertainment, mu-
sic, food, and cultural presentations on Dec.
4, from 8:30 a.m. to sunset, on the site of the
Philippine Heritage Complex, 5154 SW 16th
Avenue.
The outdoor festival is sponsored by the
Philippine-American Cultural Foundation of
Florida, Inc., (PACFF) a non-profit organiza-
tion. Among its mission is to promote cross-
cultural literacy by means of its Philippine
Heritage Enrichment Complex and Gardens
which it is constructing on its 20-acre prop-
erty near Lake Okeechobee.
PHILFIESTA is a cultural journey through


Philippine music, song, dance and traditions.
The elaborate presentations features a tal-
ented cast of dancers, singers and musicians
in lavish Philippine costumes. Performers
include the Philippine Choral Group, South
Florida's Filipino choral group Dinggin, and
the award-winning Philippine Performing
Arts Dance Troupe of Joey Omila.
"We are proud to be part of this great
country and community. We have a commit-
ment to promote cross cultural literacy that
we may benefit from each others strength
and that of the Filipino American commu-
nity," stated Edwin B. Dominado, PACFF
Chairman and President. "PHILFIESTA is
more than an outdoor event, it is a celebra-
tion of our culture, traditions, and contribu-


special to the UKeechoDee News/U I U

"The Man with Bogart's Face"
Staged as a live 1950s era radio broadcast, 11 performers appear in 25 dif-
ferent roles in the Okeechobee Community Theatre production of "The Man
With Bogart's Face" this weekend. Participants, left to right are Mike Zierden,
Jacque Hayes and Joyce Taylor. The comedy-drama will be presented at 8
p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a special 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday after-
noon, at the theatre on S.W. 2nd Avenue at Seventh Street, one block behind
Golden Corral restaurant. Tickets are $12 each, and are available at 111 N.
E. 2nd Street until about 4 p.m. on Friday. They will also be available at the
theatre's box office, which opens one hour before curtain time for each per-
formance.


Play benefits Education Foundation


IRSC Murder Mystery Theatre Tour 2011
will present "Fanfare to Murder" on Friday,
Jan. 21, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium. Specialty desserts will be
served during intermission.
The story: Joanna Janeen, a young
but fading starlet/singer, hosts a party to
celebrate her upcoming performance tour.
Joanna has lured noted Hollywood pro-
ducer, Toby Torleen, to attend in the hope
of winning a leading role in his newest film.
Joanna's agent, husband, understudy, and
maid see this party as their last hope to step
into Joanna's spotlight. Silly antics with the
audience members, mistaken identities, un-
expected surprises, and of course, murder
abound as the characters jockey for atten-
tion and stardom. As dessert is served, the
audience is invited to help quiz the suspects


and reveal the murderer!
The performance is sponsored by the
Okeechobee Educational Foundation.
Tickets are $20 per person and include a
wide variety of specialty desserts.
Contact one of the following Board of Di-
rectors for tickets: Russ Brown, Debbie Cle-
ments, Tom Conely, Patricia Cooper, Mike
Costopoulos, Peter Cruz, Dawn Hoover,
Mary Hurley, Ken Kenworthy, Vic Lancaster,
Beth Lehman, Kelly Owens, Gretchen Rob-
ertson, Jeff Sabin/Jenny Pung, Ben Sims,
Joseph Stanley, Linda Syfrett, Tabitha Trent,
Sharon Vinson, or Celeste Watford.
Death by Chocolate Intermission is under-
written by Waste Management of Okeecho-
bee. Productions Costs covered by Lehman
Auto Body & Service Center.


tions which we are sharing with other com-
munities."
"We are all blessed to be in this great
country," said Maria Barrameda, PACFF Di-
rector and Chair of the Miss PhilFiesta Com-
mittee. "PHILFIESTA showcases Philippine
heritage and this event is a fun and educa-
tional way for the entire family to learn the
significance of Philippine traditions and cul-
ture."
PHILFIESTA beckons festival goers to
take part in its interactive activities, which
promises to provide an exciting experience
in dance and sports:
Visit the Tinikling Booth of the Filipino-
American youth dancers of the Treasure
Coast and one can learn how to dance the
Tinikling, the national dance of the Philip-
pines. The dancers steps over and in be-
tween bamboo poles held by a person at
each end who rhythmically slides and taps
the poles on the ground. The trick is to move
with the music beat without getting their feet
caught between the poles.
Enter the Chess domain of the Phil-
American Chess Federation of Florida,
where chess aficionados, professionals and
amateurs alike, will have the chance to pit
their analytical and tactical skills against the
Philippines' first super-Grandmaster Mark
Paragua. GM Paragua will take part in simul-
taneous chess games and one-on-one blitz
challenge. Prizes and awards to those who
can beat GM Paragua.
Youngsters and the young-at-heart will


be entertained by a special balloon show.
Don't miss the Kids Corner-lots of fun and
surprises!
Before, during, or after these activities,
taste and savor Philippine food and delica-
cies, it will surely capture the taste buds
of food explorers while they enjoy PHILFI-
ESTA's cavalcade of cultural presentations,
dances, music, and live bands.
General Admission is $6 for adults. Those
under the age 12 years will be admitted free.
Parking is $4 per vehicle. For more informa-
tion visit: www.philamculturalfoundation.
org or contact 561-371-0825.



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OPINION


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topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Looking for a Christmas tree?
If you have never gone to the Hospice
of Okeechobee Festival of Trees, it is worth
checking out. Community clubs, businesses,
schools, youth groups, etc. decorate trees
and donate them, then Hospice puts them
on display and people bid on the trees. All of
the money goes to Hospice for patient care.
There are trees of all sizes from tiny ones
you can put on a table or desk to trees that
touch the ceiling. And there are all kinds of
themes. The Hospice Home is on SE Fourth
Street and the festival is open this week. If
you don't have a tree, it's a great way to get
one already decorated-plus Hospice is a
very worthy cause to support.
Yes it is quite something to see. The
Cornerstone Christian Home school group
donated one and all the ornaments are hand
made by the children.
It is great this year as always, people
are so creative it just amazes me. We are al-
ready thinking of what to make for next year.
I hope they raise lots of money as they do so
much for so many.
Hospice is a wonderful organization. I
had two family members use Hospice ser-
vices in other states and the Hospice work-
ers made such a difference for the family. It
takes a very special kind of person to work
with the dying.
If you already have a tree, you can al-
ways bid on a wreath or other holiday deco-
ration. The Festival of Trees is not just trees.

K-2 or "Spice"
Teens drinking and driving have caused
how many deaths? How many lives have
been perished by cigarettes? And how many
lives have been taken by smoking marijuana
or K2 Spice? Everyone knows the answers
to all these questions and yet there's still a
debate. And the report in the paper this past
week about the K-2 or Spice and some of
the side-effects being delusions, nausea, etc.
This is all blown out of proportion.


And so the debate begins again. Does
Florida legalize pot? Make it a cash crop
generating hundreds of millions of sales and
user tax dollars. The tax dollars that are be-
ing spent by law enforcement, court systems
and jails/prisons would be reduced. Street
crime and violence would most assuredly
drop. All of these dollars reduce the tax bill
being paid by you and me. Once the legal
issue is resolved, civic groups will push for
similar control penalties that have reduced
drinking and driving deaths. I don't think it
will stop the kids from getting it any more
then alcohol's laws do. Underage users have
always been and will always be an issue. I
believe medical research would be funded
and handled better then the current studies.
You're allowed to make beer and wine at
home so people who grow their own will
be able to control what chemicals are in-
troduced to their bodies and what strength
the pot is. Much like the announcement
at Woodstock not to take the bad LSD, we
need to heed the call about this bad pot.

Nothing to do?
Between their respective sports practice
es, after school clubs, working their horses
4-5 times a week & showing during sea-
son, barn chores, house chores, homework
and-best of all-lots of time with dear ol'
mom & dad, my kids WISH they had noth-
ing to do.
Funniest t-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen lately
Everyone has a photographic memory
.... but some don't have film.
Say no to crack!
You're just jealous because the voices
are only talking to me.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
I do whatever the Rice Krispies tell me
to.
Warning: I brake for hallucinations!
On a bumper sticker: Keep honking.
I'm reloading.
I don't suffer from insanity I enjoy ev-
ery minute of it.
It's only funny until someone gets hurt
... then it's hilarious.
Fat people are harder to kidnap.
5 out of 4 people have a problem with
fractions.
Noah just couldn't save those dino-
saurs ...
Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.
Jesus is coming .... Everyone look
busy!


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Heartfelt thanks to
Hamrick Home
Our mother, Elizabeth (Libby) Tolar, had
the privilege to be cared for at the Hamrick
Home in Okeechobee for three months. The
love and care that she received from all the
staff was a blessing to her and all of us.
From the kitchen staff and front desk
greeters, Barbara, Deborah, Catherine, Bob-
bi, Barbara and Carol, we always felt like we
were at home. If we asked for food or drink
for our mom, they made it right then and
were always pleasant.
The nursing staff from the head, Judi,
and all who worked with our Libby, Gayle,
Jocelyn, Robin, Shakira, Debbie, Debbi, Bar-
bara, Jerry, Gina, Judith, Doris and Marga-
ret were also so caring and ready to answer
questions.
The support group need to be commend-
ed too, especially to the ladies that came by
each week to sing religious songs. We re-
member how Libby held their hand, as if to
say thank you!
Our Libby always looked comfortable
and cared for. There aren't enough words or
gestures to express our gratitude! God bless
you all for the wonderful work that you do!
Heartfelt thanks to you all and sorry if we
have left out someone. You know who you
are and can be proud to work in such a car-
ing environment.
With love from Libby's family and
friends.
Joyce O'Neill, Okeechobee
Golf tournament a success
VFW Post 9528 and AMVETS Post 2001
would like to thank Keller and Kenny Oren-
der and the Blue Heron Golf Course for their
help and support in hosting a golf tourna-
ment with proceeds going to our veterans
posts. Special thanks to: Bill Roberts, Glenda
Finney, Bob Boyle, Gordie Bruens, Sherry
Abab, John Kinner, Rich Crawford, Dale Dar-
ling, Shirley Willis, Naylor Seafood, Crappy
Jack's Bait and Tackle.
Neil Ritchie, Golf chairman

Lotteries
Florida Lottery-Here are the numbers
selected Wednesday. Cash 3: 4-1-9; Play 4: 34
3-4; Fantasy 5: 2-13-19-32-34; Mega Money:
3-6-12-37 MB 3; Florida Lotto: 16-20-32-43-48
52 X 4; Powerball: 5 10 11 1220 PB 2 x3. Drawn
Thursday, Cash 3: 0-8-3; Play 4: 4-1-6-3.


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Poor choices in election
Like many others who always vote, I re-
ally do always take my citizen's treasured re-
sponsibility very seriously, but didn't Florida
voters simply have sorry choices to make
between sorry politicians in both our U.S.
Senate and Governor's races. Personally my
avocation is always to be strengthening and
preserving our Constitutional Right as citi-
zens to Keep and Bear Arms always.
Rubio as Speaker of the Florida House
in Tallahassee voted to raid the Concealed
Weapons Trust Fund. I'm a past president
of the United Sportsmen of Florida, and our
first priority back in the 1980s was rewriting
Florida's bad pistol permit law, and having
a Concealed Weapons Trust Fund to always
defend it. Governor Crist correctly vetoed the
Legislature's shameful raid ... ensuring my
voting early for him. Something I regretted
a lot as the campaign drew on and Crist's
own words provided he was a sorry low-life
politician who would say or do anything for
his personal political benefit.
Next it was really D----- if we do and D----
if we don't, voting in our governor's race. Of
course I voted against Sink because of her
long anti-gun history, but I'm not at all com-
fortable with Rick Scott, whom I voted for,
with his personal history either. Such as it
is, didn't our voting choices between "politi-
cians" really stink this year?
Bill Stegkemper, Citizen


Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Sunny, with a high near 68. North
northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around
35. Calm wind becoming northwest around
5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near
70. Calm wind becoming west northwest
around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a
low around 46. South wind around 5 mph
becoming west.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near
72. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming
northwest.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 38. Northwest wind between 5 and
10 mph.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 64.
Northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.


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paraphernalia. Whitehead was also charged
with the felony of possession of a controlled
substance (xanax) without a valid prescrip-
tion.
Whitehead's bond has been set at
$131,000, while bond for Mathias is
$126,000.
The case began innocently enough at
6:35 p.m. Tuesday when detectives from the
Glades County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) pulled
over the black Ford Escort for speeding on
S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge. The driver of
the car, Whitehead, pulled into the parking
lot of the Sunoco Convenience Store.
The detectives asked for permission to
search the car, but were denied. At that point
GCSO K-9 Sandy was brought in to conduct
and exterior sniff of the Ford.
K-9 Sandy alerted to the vehicle and the
detectives started to search the vehicle, but
their search was soon stopped when they
saw a plastic bottle containing a mixture
they suspected of being the ingredients to
make meth. The mixture, said a detective,
was not yet complete so the 'cooking' pro-
cess had not yet started.
Mathias and Whitehead were not yet
charged, but were taken into custody until
the chemicals in the car were identified.
One of the detectives later had to be
taken to an area hospital due to fumes from
alleged chemicals in the car. The detective,
who was coughing and suffering with a
headache and sore throat, was treated at the
hospital and released.
The Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) was contacted, but did not arrive at
the scene until Wednesday morning. So, a
GCSO deputy was assigned to stay with the
car all night.
Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, two DEA
agents clothed in gas masks and hazmat
suits opened the car and began to search it.
They allegedly found all the chemicals nec-
essary to make meth-which included emp-
ty pseudoephedrine (cold tablets) blister
packs, drain cleaner, batteries and acetone.
These chemicals, along with a couple


of other ingredients, and the lithium strips
from the batteries are mixed together in a
container and allowed to 'cook.' The chemi-
cal reaction is what 'cooks' the mixture into
meth.
In a 'shake 'n bake' or 'one pot' opera-
tion like the one allegedly taking place in
the Ford Escort it normally takes 45 to 60
minutes to make a batch of meth, said a de-
tective.
Once the mixture is in the bottle, plastic
tubing with a cap is placed on the bottle.
The person watching the mixture kinks the
tubing, then releases pressure in the bottle
by unkinking the tubing.
When the mixture is cooking it is ex-
tremely volatile. Said one detective at the
scene Wednesday, if air hits the mixture it
can burst into flame.
How much meth actually comes from
the mixture depends on the amount of pseu-
doephedrine in it. A detective familiar with
the making of meth said two packs of the
cold medicine can make up to 6 grams of
meth and, depending on the quality, would
be worth $600 to $900 on the street.
After everything had been removed from
the car Wednesday, a clean up crew from
Summit Environmental in Jacksonville ar-
rived to take possession of the chemicals.
The company, who has a contract with the
U.S. government, then took those chemi-
cals to an undisclosed site and disposed of
them.
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Okeechobee News/Eric Kopp
Detectives from the Glades County
Sheriff's Office stopped this Ford Es-
cort Tuesday night, Nov. 30, in Buck-
head Ridge for speeding and reported-
ly found it to be a "rolling meth lab."


Deputy: Man wouldn't let girlfriend leave


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested on fel-
ony charges after he allegedly threatened a
paramour with a firearm when she told him
she was leaving him.
Timothy Lee Smith, 45, S.R. 78 W, was
arrested Tuesday, Nov. 30, on felony charges
of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
and false imprisonment. He was also charged
with domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
Smith was booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of $16,500.
An arrest report by Deputy Steven Pollock
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) stated that the incident occurred
around 11:51 a.m. Tuesday when the wom-
an was preparing to leave Smith's home.
Smith reportedly grabbed the woman by her
arms and pushed her to the floor when she
tried to leave.
He then pulled a .25 caliber automatic


pistol out of his pocket and
stood in front of the door
to block her from leaving,
stated Deputy Pollock.
Smith allegedly told the
woman that if she was not
going to be with him, then
she was not going to be
with anyone.
Timothy Lee According to the report,
Smith the victim could not re-
member if Smith actually
pointed the gun at her.
The deputy's report stated that the victim
was able to sneak out of the home later in
the day when someone came to visit her for-
mer boyfriend.
The woman had bruising on the inside
of her upper arms and complained that her
left leg and hip were hurting from her being
pushed to the floor, stated the deputy. The
report does not indicate if the victim received
medical treatment.


Second extremely dry month


opens the annual dry season


Long-term forecasts calling
for continued dry conditions

On the heels of a drier-than-normal wet
season and the driest October on record,
meteorologists from the South Florida Wa-
ter Management District (SFWMD) reported
another month of below-average rainfall for
South Florida in November.
"The below-average rainfall during the
wet season, and the reality of less rainfall
from the current below-average dry season
is causing groundwater and surface water
levels to show areas of significant decline,"
said Tommy Strowd, SFWMD Deputy Ex-
ecutive Director of Operations and Mainte-
nance. "The existing situation and the long-
term forecast for continued extreme dry
conditions make water conservation efforts
imperative."
For the month of November, rainfall for
the District's 16-county region measured
1.55 inches, or 58 percent of the historical
average rainfall recorded for the month.
The least amount of rain occurred in the
Everglades Agricultural Area, where less
than an inch fell on average. In some areas,
the rainfall amounts for November were
lacking by more than 2 inches.
Areas of the Upper East Coast saw rain-
fall amounts about 30 percent of average,
with Martin and St. Lucie counties posting
monthly rainfall deficits of two and a half
inches.
Rainfall totals in Miami-Dade County
were close to average, with two and a half
inches or 80 percent of average.
Rainfall amounts for the District's South-
west Coast were closest to normal at about
96 percent of average. In the Kissimmee Val-
ley north of Lake Okeechobee, 1.8 inches of
rain fell, giving the region 78 percent of aver-
age rainfall for the month.
Lake Okeechobee rainfall totaled 1.4
inches, or 61 percent of average rainfall.
The lake water level is currently 12.97 feet
above sea level, nearly two feet lower than
its average for this time of the year. Without
recharge from considerable rainfall, the lake
is expected to continue on its accelerated
decline, emphasizing the ongoing challenge
of balancing environmental and water sup-
ply needs.


SCHOOLS
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per and not in actuality and that all classes in
the school system met the class size require-
ments.
Assistant Superintendent Ken Kenwor-
thy said the district can recover 75 percent
of the money by adopting a plan to correct
the problem. There is no need to add new
teachers.
"Overall we are disappointed that we
didn't meet class size reduction on paper.
However, we did meet the requirements
physically. Overall we're very proud of our


In October, the National Weather Service
declared an earlier than usual start to the dry
season along with the forecast for the stron-
gest La Nifa for this time of year since 1955.
La Nifa is a weather phenomenon that gen-
erally creates exceptionally dry conditions.
While about 12 inches of rain falls on av-
erage across the District's 16-county region
from November through March, La Niia-
influenced dry seasons often produce only
about two-thirds of the average during this
five-month period.
The extreme dry conditions follow the
driest wet season since 1984 in South Flor-
ida. An average of 27.31 inches of rain fell
between June 1 and October 31, represent-
ing 82 percent of the normal amount and a
deficit of 6 inches. This was also the hottest
summer on record in Southeast Florida and
the second hottest in Naples, according to
the National Weather Service.

Certainty of unpredictability
Forecasts of a drier-than-normal dry sea-
son once again showcase South Florida's
weather extremes and water management
challenges.
Normal: Florida receives an average of 52
inches of rainfall a year, with 70 percent fall-
ing during the five-month wet season from
approximately June through October.
Drier than Normal: The 2010 wet season
produced an approximately 6 inch deficit.
Wetter than Normal: The 2009-2010 dry
season recorded 131 percent of average dry
season rainfall, representing 5.88 inches
above normal from the beginning of No-
vember through the end of May.
Record Wet Conditions: In 2009, the sea
breeze cycle ushered in the wet season in
May. With 9.04 inches of rain falling across
the District, May 2009 became the wettest
May on record, according to District records
dating back to 1932.
Drier than Normal: The 2008-2009 South
Florida dry season was the third driest on re-
cord as of March 1, 2009.
Record Dry Conditions: November 2008
through April 2009 marked the driest six-
month period in South Florida, according to
District records dating back to 1932.
More information about irrigation restric-
tions by area and water-saving tips are avail-
able at www.savewaterfl.com.


administrators and this really was a team ef-
fort," he added.
Ms. Hurley said the schools did an excel-
lent job in conforming to class size require-
ments. It required physically counting heads
in classrooms.
She pointed out OHS dual enrollment
courses with Indian River State College did
not have to meet state class size require-
ments.
"I was disappointed that we didn't make
class size requirements. I also know that we
took many many opportunities to change
other errors along the way. I acknowledge
the work the school sites have done to make
things right. I'm very proud of that effort,"
Ms. Hurley said.





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Benjamin 'Jack' Smith, 98
PORT ST. LUCIE -Benjamin "Jack" Smith,
98, died on Nov. 27, 2010, at Port St Lucie Nurs-
ing & Restorative Care Center.
He was born on Sept. 28, 1912, in Blount-
stown, Fla.
He was a resident
of Port St. Lucie for 4
years coming from
Sarasota. Prior to his
residency in Saraso-
ta, he lived in Okee-
chobee for 70 years.
He operated the
Flat Top Bar & Cafe
in ( i.,i. li He
retired as a counse-
lor at the Florida
School for
Boys there. He worked diligently in
Voting Registration Rights, Civil Rights Move-
ment Activities, feeding the poor and clothing
the less privileged, promoting education for
community youths, providing shelter for the
homeless, and Community Improvement ac-
tivities.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his par
ents, Mattie Henry and Will Smith; wives, Bun,
Pinkey, and Mary Lee; his daughter, Bessie
Blackman; brothers and sisters, Ben Smith, Rob-
ert Smith, Malinda Henry, Hayward McQueen,
and Beatrice Willis.
Survivors include daughter, Lula Smith Wright
of Port St. Lucie; son, Dwayne Smith of Balti-
more, Md.; four grandchildren, 14 great-grand-
children, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday,
Dec. 3, 2010, at Sarah's Memorial Chapel and
noon to 2 p.m., Dec. 4, 2010, Saturday, at First
Missionary Baptist Church, (0i.. ,i ,I,.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 2
p.m., Dec. 4, 2010, at First Missionary Baptist
Church, with the Elder Spencer Sanders, officiat-
ing, ( i., -I.... -I A burial will be Evergreen Ce-
metery in Okeechobee.
You can sign the ... l .....i. at www.sarah-
smemorial.com. Arrangements under the direc-
tions of Sarah's Memorial Chapel.


Community News in Brief


Fundraiser planned for
Post Office workers
A fundraiser yard sale is planned for Fri-
day, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. The sale
will take place at Ferrell's Fruit Stand. All pro-
ceeds from the sale will benefit Post Office
employees' medical expenses.

Eagles hold steak night
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, #4137, will
hold steak night on Friday, Dec. 3, at 9985
Hwy. 441 N. beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $12.
Dinners include steak, salad, potato, garlic
bread and dessert. Live entertainment and
karaoke by The Harpers from 7-11 p.m.

Legion Dinner/Dance
American Legion Post 64 will host Friday
night dinner this week with a choice of lasa-
gna, salad, garlic bread, and dessert or fish,
french fries, salad, garlic bread, and dessert
for only $6 served from 5 until 7:30 p.m.
Great classic oldies dance music starts at 6
p.m. with Michael.

VFW Post to host events
VFW North Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th
St., Okeechobee will Be hosting a Karaoke
show from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, we'll
be hosting a Ribeye Steak Dinner for $12
from 5-7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 5, we will
be serving a Spinach Manacotti lunch from
2-4 p.m. All events are open to the public.
863-763-0818.


Christian Academy holds
annual spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Christian Academy is having
their 15th annual spaghetti dinner on Dec. 3
and 4. For $6 you get spaghetti, green beans
and a roll. On Friday, Dec. 3, dinners will be
served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., drive through
pickup or delivery of five or more. On Satur-
day, Dec. 4, from 3 6 p.m. dinners are avail-
able to dine in or drive through. There will
also be a bake sale and a silent auction on
Saturday. Please call Sarah at 863-634-2276
for tickets.

Benefit planned for
family of burn victim
A barbecue benefit for the family of Mary-
sa Farmer will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, on
the corner of Southwest Second Street and
Southwest Second Avenue, between Wher-
rell's Machine Shop and the Big O Drive
Thru. The dinner will include chicken and
pulled pork, green beans cole slaw and rolls
for $10. All proceeds will benefit the family
for travel expenses and for other bills that
have piled up while her mother was out
of work in order to stay with her daughter.
Marysa was injured in an accident and was
burned over 35 percent of her body. The
Shriners Hospital is helping with the little
girl's medical care, but there are other ex-
penses involved for the family. For more in-
formation, call Stephanie Kirkey at 863-447-
6878. The benefit is sponsored by Cowboys
BBQ & Steak Company, Golden Corral and
Lehman Auto Body.


North Elementary
holds yard sale
Have you ever wanted to have a yard
sale but your house is too far out of town
or you don't have enough space to park?
North Elementary has the answer! On Dec.
4 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. North Elementary will
host a community yard sale. Tables will be
$10 each while supply lasts. Spaces to set
up your own table are $5 each. To reserve
a table or space, please call Judy Demeter at
863-462-5100, ext. 201.

North Eagles hold card bingo
Never tried Card Bingo? It's lots of fun...
even more fun than regular Bingo! Join us
each Saturday at 4 p.m. at the North Eagles
on Hwy. 441 N.

Eastern Star Chapter to
hold fundraiser luncheon
Okeechobee Chapter No. 128, Order of
the Eastern Star, will hold a Holiday Fashion
Show and Luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 4,
at the KOA Convention Center. Doors will
open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at
11:45 a.m. The event will feature fashions
from our local community and a Teacup
Auction where guests can win many items
donated by our community. Tickets are $12
per person. For tickets contact any member
of the Eastern Star or our ticket chairman,
Neicha Spiller at 863-357-7084. For informa-
tion about the Fashion Show, please contact
Mary Ann Holt at 863-763-5210. Proceeds of
this event will benefit the many charities our
Chapter support, including Hospice, Service
Dogs for Veterans and scholarships.

North Moose club hosts
Country Tradition band
The Country Tradition band will be play-
ing at the North Moose Club from 7-10 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 4, and every Saturday
night for the rest of the season as well as
New Year's Eve. Join Us! For information on
tickets, call 863-763-4954.

4-H yard sale planned
The annual 4-H Yard Sale will take place
on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m.-noon.
The sale will be held in the parking lot of
the Mims Veterinary Clinic, 275 SW 32nd
St., Okeechobee. Household items, books,
toys, and clothes will be among the many
items for sale. All proceeds will benefit the
Okeechobee County 4-H program.

Sunday birthday club
American Legion Post 64 will host our
monthly birthday club dinner on Sunday,
Dec. 5, starting at 3 p.m. Please bring a cov-
ered dish and celebrate all of our December
birthdays. Come and share your singing tal-
ent with open mic karaoke 3-6 p.m.

Shrine Club to host dinner
Okeechobee Shrine Club will host a Spa-
ghetti Dinner every Tuesday, from 4 until 7
p.m. Dancing from 5 until 8 p.m. with the
"Best dance music in town." Highway 78
West, Okeechobee.


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Chobee Crackers
Members of the Chobee Crackers 4-H Club were honored at the annual 4-H
banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
Felipe Soto, Evan Soto, Jesus Garcia and Maria Grisales. Not pictured are
Taylor Lowe, Arturo Salas and Tequila Sales. This 4-H club meets at the Ex-
tension Office on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For more
information on this and other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.


Sharp Shooters
Members of the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club were honored at the annual 4-H
banquet on Oct. 23 at Okeechobee High School. Those recognized included
Shane Merian, Jenna Wolff, Ciara Verano, Travis Muldoon, Kyle George, Alex
Pluskot, Jake Menendez, Selena Bowman, Christopher Lanning, Joseph
Menendez, Matthew Lanning, Todd Lanning, Jarred Corby, Caleb Stewart,
Nathan Stewart, Cady McGehee, Patrick Corby and Vanessa Bowman. Not
pictured are Austin Pluskot, Clay Sellers, Justin Murphy, Hayley David, Rich-
ard Sellers, Justin Wolff, Michael Muros and Jess Wolff. This 4-H club meets
at Don Sellers house on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. For more
information on this and other 4-H clubs, call 863-763-6469.


Christian Business Breakfast group plans Holiday meal
Monday, Dec. 6, at 8 a.m. you are invited to join the Christian Business Breakfast
group for their Christmas breakfast. This month only it will be held at the Wagon Wheel
Horse Farm, only one mile past the Hampton Inn. Take 70 East and turn left on N.E.
42nd Terrace. Farm on left with wagon wheels at entrance. The breakfast is only $10
cash each and Brandon Tucker will preach the Word. Anyone interested is welcome to
come. Come see why we love getting together at the Hampton every other week! 863-
634-3525.


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Florida consumers warned about bedbug infestations


Florida Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H. Bronson and
State Surgeon General Dr. Anna Viamonte-
Ros are urging consumers to choose a li-
censed pest control company to help con-
trol breakouts of bedbugs in homes. Efforts
by homeowners to treat bedbug infestations
rarely succeed, and using the wrong pesti-
cide or using it incorrectly can make you,
your family and your pets sick.
Prior to the 1950s, bedbugs were com-
mon pests in the United States, but few
people know much about them today due
to the use of chlorinated pesticides like DDT
and lindane, which successfully wiped them
out in the past.
However, over the last decade, bed bugs
have slowly made a comeback as many of
the pesticides of the past can no longer be
used. Staying at a hotel, going to the mov-
ies, riding in a taxi or spending time in other
places where people congregate are now
commonplace activities that can spread
bedbugs.
Like many states, Florida has recently
had an increase in the number of bedbug
complaints with people traveling today
more than ever, and controlling the pests
has proven difficult with pesticides that are
available today.


The treatment for bedbugs is a growing
cause of concern. They come out at night
and are hard to detect. Since they can often
remain unnoticed while breeding an even
larger population, it can frustrate those hav-
ing to battle infestations.
"Reports of pesticides and other chemi-
cals being misused in the treatment of bed-
bugs have made headlines in many states
across the nation," Commissioner Bronson
said. "Due to the difficulty in controlling this
pest, the public may resort to the use of pes-
ticides in ways that are not in compliance
with their label directions and are frankly
unsafe."
As a result, he is urging consumers to
choose a licensed pest control company to
combat infestations in a home or business.
State Surgeon General Viamonte-Ros
agrees:
"Application of pesticides or chemicals by
untrained or unlicensed individuals is a pri-
mary concern of the Department of Health
because misusing pesticides in a desperate
attempt to control infestations can lead to
harmful exposures in private homes, public
housing, workplaces and institutions such
as hospitals, nursing homes and schools."
Avoiding bed bugs and finding them ear-
ly are important in controlling these pests.


Sleep vital to overall health


A proper night's sleep is crucial for every-
one. It is estimated that 40 million Americans
have chronic sleep disorders and that anoth-
er 20 million experience occasional trouble
sleeping. At Raulerson Hospital we focus on
the most predominant sleep disorders
Sleep Apnea- is a breathing disorder
that wakes you up periodically and makes it
hard to sleep through the night.
Narcolepsy- is a condition that causes
one to sporadically fall asleep for periods be-
tween thirty seconds and a half hour.
Periodic Limb Movement- is a sleep
disorder where you move your limbs vigor-
ously while asleep. Generally it is the legs
that move, but sometimes it is the arms.
Insomnia- we do not view insomnia as
a disorder, rather we see it as a your body's
way of registering a complaint. There can be
multiple causes for insomnia.
Research has shown that getting enough
sleep is tied in directly with: a healthy im-
mune system, healthy heart and increases
in brain function. It is commonly recom-
mended that adults get between seven and
eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a night.
Younger children generally need a little more
time so it is best for your children to sleep
anywhere from eight to ten hours per eve-
ning depending upon their age.


Uninterrupted sleep is important because
it is necessary for your body to go through
five stages of sleep per night. Interruptions
eliminate this possibility and cause your
body to start over or get stuck in a particular
stage for too long. Your body will naturally
cycle through these stages several times each
night. The first four stages of sleep are gen-
erally grouped together and do not involve
eye movement. The fifth stage, REM sleep, is
commonly heard of and is characterized by
Rapid Eye Movement. REM sleep is the stage
in which you dream so it is often the stage
people think about. It is also a vital stage to
experience during your sleep patterns.
Not sleeping enough can carry negative
side effects. If you don't sleep enough you
may experience:
Depression;
High blood pressure;
Weight gain;
Shorter life span;
Increased risk of multiple forms of can-
cer; and,
Greater chance for developing heart
disease.
If you think you may have a sleep disor-
der, consult with your doctor.
This column was provided by Raulerson
Hospital.


The following are a few hints for consumers
that are recommended by the University of
Florida:
Choose a licensed pest control com-
pany which has experience, knowledge and
knows how to manage bedbugs.
Effective control of the pests often takes
more than one visit.
Proper fumigation by a pest control
company can control bedbugs with a single
treatment.
Consumers should know that bedbugs
are not known to carry diseases.
Adult bedbugs are the size of an apple
seed while immature ones are smaller. They
can be found in the seams of bedding and


sofas, behind headboards, picture frames,
dressers, backpacks and many other places.
Signs of the pest include small brown-
ish-red to purple spotting on infested materi-
als.
De-clutter your home to decrease plac-
es where bedbugs can hide.
Use bedbug monitors and traps as an
easy, relatively inexpensive way to find bed-
bug infestations that can help target treat-
ments Iliiil I. II ,,L'L'- . . i /forum/topic/
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tors.)
Inspect items before entering the home
with them and take precautions against
bringing home bed bugs after traveling.


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OHS girls basketball team beats Jensen Beach


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Essence Williams had 28 points to lead
Okeechobee High School to what appears to
be the school's first ever victory over Jensen
Beach in girl's basketball, 54-48, on Tuesday
night at the Brahman gym.
Williams added six assists, 10 steals, and
six rebounds in one of the best performanc-
es of her career. The junior hit several big
three point baskets to keep the Lady Falcons
at bay in the second half.
Janet Smith had eight points for Okeecho-
bee (4-3). Miranda Serrano and Ami Ed-
wards both had big rebounding nights and
both scored seven points inside.
Ashley Robinson led Jensen Beach with
23 points.
Williams said she was very pleased with
the effort of her teammates. She said the


team wanted to defeat Jensen Beach very
badly due to their lack of success against
them in the past.
"I feel good about this win. Everybody
said we weren't going to win but I had faith
in us, I had faith in my teammates," she
said.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first
quarter and Jensen led 25-23 at the half.
Okeechobee built a nine point lead and led
46-38 after the third quarter.
Jensen got as close as four points in the
fourth quarter.
Brahman Coach Erin Morrow said Jensen
remains a strong program so this win was a
really important one for Okeechobee basket-
ball. She said her girls had a different attitude
in this game, and really gave a strong effort
while also staying in the game mentally.
"We didn't substitute too much because


the girls on the court played solid defense
and didn't give me a reason to take them
out. All of them did what I asked them to do
on the court," she added.
Morrow also knew that Williams had to
take some big shots for the team to win.
"Essence was in a zone and as a basketball
player I know how that feels. I knew we had


to get her the ball because when you are in a
zone like that, nobody can stop you."
Jensen Beach won the junior varsity
game, 27-21.
Okeechobee will host Fort Pierce West-
wood next Monday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., and
Lincoln Park, next Wednesday night, Dec. 8,
at 6:30 p.m.


YMS boys basketball team defeats

Seminoles of Pemayetv Emahakv


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Trewiston Pierce had 19 points and Ter
rell Taylor added 12 points as the Yearling
Middle School Bulls defeated the Brighton
Pemayetv Emahakv Seminoles 52-18, in the
season opener for both teams on Tuesday
night at the Yearling gym in front of a loud
and energetic crowd.
Yearling used their dominant size inside,
both Pierce and Taylor are over 6'2" tall, and
controlled the game in the second half.
Yearling only led 20-9 at the half and had
to turn it on with 16 consecutive points in the
third quarter to take control of the game.
"In the first half we came out sloppy and
we missed a ton of layups. Our defense was
horrible too. We got things straightened out
and I thought our experience showed up
in the second half," Yearling Coach Efrain
Ochoa said.
A number of the Yearling players got a
lot of experience in the off season by play-
ing travel ball with Coach Myron Refoure
around the state. Ochoa said that experience
should help Yearling be competitive with
most teams they face this year.
"We still have a lot of strategy to work on
and a lot of practice ahead. We are kind of
rusty," he added.


Ochoa singled out guard Roshell Thomas
who did a good job handling the ball and
running the offense for YMS. "He is our best
team player. He is not selfish. He handles the
ball well and is a perfect team player."
The Bulls host Gifford on Monday, Dec.
6 and, Sebastian Middle on Dec. 9. The girls
game begins at 4:30 and the boys game
about 15 minutes after the completion of
the girls game.


UKeecnoDee INews/inaries viurpny
Trewiston Pierce drives to the basket
for two of his 19 points in Yearling's
season opening victory over Brighton
on Tuesday.


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
(left photo) Jodi Raulerson continues to provide solid and tenacious defense
for the Lady Brahmans. (right photo) Janet Smith had eight points in Okeecho-
bee's victory over Jensen Beach Tuesday.


YMS girls basketball team plays

Seminoles of Pemayetv Emahakv


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School
used strong and aggressive defense to to-


[1411
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Cheyenne Nunez shoots a 16-foot bas-
ket during Yearling's loss on Tuesday.
The Lady Bulls were held to just one
field goal in 24 minutes by the Semi-
noles.


tally shut down the Lady Bulls of Yearling
Middle School as the Seminoles defeated
Yearling, 28-3, in the season opener for
both girls basketball teams Tuesday after-
noon at Yearling.
Darlah Cypress showed off a strong
floor game with double digits steals, and
eight points, while Shae Pierce added eight
points and Breanna Billie added six points
for the Seminoles. Delaney Osceola led
Yearling with three points. She added five
steals and six rebounds.
Seminole Assistant Coach Megan Nel-
son said her team was in great condition
and really played hard defense all after-
noon, "We did a good job on defense, we
were real proud of the girl's effort. We have
run a lot to condition ourselves for this kind
of basketball."
There were a lot of steals and turnovers
alike from both teams in the first half as
they kind of got their feet wet on the sea-
son. Yearling played hard and held their
own under the boards. The Lady Bulls just
weren't able to get many good shots at the
basket thanks to the Seminoles defense.
The Seminoles led 9-0 after the first quar-
ter and 18-0 at halftime. The Seminoles led
22-0 after the third quarter. Yearling missed
11 free throws in the game.


All Stars Sports Camp to host fundraiser
Allstars Baseball/Softball Camp will host a fundraising lunch on Dec. 10. Funds raised
will go towards providing scholarships to local high school students. Lunch will consist
of: pork, green beans, potato salad and dinner roll at a cost of $8. Delivery is available for
orders of five or more, and meals may be picked up from the Eli's parking lot. On Friday,
Dec. 10, dinners will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets will be sold by camp
participants or your can call Bobby at 863-634-6523 or Russ 863-634-4457.


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Community supports New Endeavor programs


As an incentive to do their work, attend
school and maintain good behavior, stu-
dents have been participating in a scroll saw
class at New Endeavor High School. The
class is taught by local community member
Ralph Watts. The purpose of the program
is to get kids interested in woodworking as
a means to reach their goals. The incentive
class fosters a sense of self esteem when a
final project is completed.


"Students look forward to going to the
program," stated Principal Randy Weigum.
"They are working hard during the week
because they realize they won't get to par-
ticipate if they are not on track." Volunteer
programs like Mr. Watts' woodworking are
proving to be a vital link for the students.
This connection to supportive community
members builds self-worth but more impor-
tantly it helps them to build confidence and


pride in their community.
Mr. Watts commented the program uses
a variety of materials for the intricate scroll
work. Mike and Linda Holmes of Holmes
Cabinets, Inc. recently donated several hun-
dreds of dollars in finished plywood for the
program. "This is exactly what we use in the
class; it's not available locally and is very
expensive." Mr. Watts said there is enough
wood to last well into next school year.
New Endeavor wishes to thank both Mr.
Watts and Holmes Cabinets for their dona-
tions of time and materials to make this in-
centive program a success.

OHS Scholarship Drive
College costs continue to increase
each year and the students of Okeecho-
bee are always in need of financial as-
sistance. The Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Program is currently recruit-
ing to increase the amount of scholar-
ship funds available to these students.
If you or your business would like to of-
fer a scholarship in your name, or if you
have any questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R. Black
at 462-5025 ext. *3113. The scholarship
commitment deadline is Jan. 7, 2011, so
new scholarships can be included in the
scholarship booklets. If this is not con-
venient for you please call and they will
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Local man charged in Fort Pierce bur


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News I


Two men and a juve- fi "S
nile with ties to Okeecho- -
bee were arrested by Fort
Pierce police after one of
them reportedly entered a
home and robbed a wom-
an at gunpoint. Jonathan J.
Arrested Wednesday, Covello
Dec. 1, on a felony charge
of home invasion robbery with a firearm
were: Jonathan J. Covello, 19, of Okeecho-
bee; Bret N. Sizemore, 19, of Fort Pierce; and
Dalton C. Thomas, 16, of Fort Pierce.
Although Thomas now lists a Fort Pierce
address, he is a former resident of Okeecho-
bee.
Both Covello and Sizemore are being held
in the St. Lucie County Jail, while Thomas
was taken to the St. Lucie Regional Deten-
tion Center in Fort Pierce.
Covello is being held on a $250,000
bond, while Sizemore's bond has been set
at $100,000.
Detective William Suggs of the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office said he has
also received three felony arrest warrants

Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
James Laton Edison, 16, N.E. 15th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 1 by Deputy
Bart Potter on a felony charge of possession
of marijuana with intent to sell. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County Jail then re-
leased into the custody of a family member.
Sherri E. Moon, 48, S.E. 65th Way,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 1 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on a
charge of possession of cocaine. Her bond
was set at $5,000.
Cole Anthony Underhill, 27, N.W 33rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 2 by
Deputy Matthew Crawford on a felony charge
of driving while license suspended habitual
offender. His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests and not con
evictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.

Ring found

Ring found, owner sought
A valuable and unique ring was found in
a parking lot in Okeechobee in October. To
identify the ring, contact Connie Curry 863-
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for Covello. Each warrant
charges him with burglary
of a structure. He will be
returned to Okeechobee
County at a later date.
On Oct. 2, 2008, Covello 1'
was sentenced to serve two '
years in prison after being ', t.
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of burglary of a structure. Sizemore
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Covello was released from the Indian Riv-
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According to an arrest report by Detec-
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Department (FPPD) Covello, while armed
with a 9 mm handgun, reportedly entered a
home on Coconut Drive through a rear win-
dow around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. Covello
then allegedly awoke the 59-year-old hom-
eowner at gunpoint and made her get out
of bed.
Covello reportedly demanded the wom-
an take him to her safe and ordered her
around the house while looking for the safe.
When she finally convinced the intruder she
didn't have a safe, Covello asked about her
purse, the report continued. She gave him
her purse and he dumped out the contents
on a kitchen counter.
At that point Covello took a set of house
keys, a cell phone and a video game con-
sole and then fled out the back door of the
home.


A short time after the al-
leged burglary two men
later identified as Sizemore
and Thomas-were
stopped in the 1900 block
of South Ocean Drive.
They reportedly told the
FPPD officer they were jog-
ging. However, stated the
report, neither Sizemore
nor Thomas were wear
ing shoes and Sizemore we
jeans.
FPPD K-9 Rex was take
then tracked a scent to an ap
nando Street, where Sizemo
were staying. The victim w
apartment but could not
Sizemore or Thomas.
Officers then entered the
An FPPD investigator th
GPS function on the victim's
it reportedly indicated that
yard area of the apartment.
called the cell phone and it
ringing in a bedroom close
ment.
Covello was found hidin
the apartment, the report
later identified by the victim
had entered her home.
Officer Grecco's report stu
Sizemore nor Thomas went
but were charged as access
The report also stated th
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OHS girls soccer team defeats Fort Pierce Central


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Emily Raulerson had three goals and Tif-
fany McGee scored twice as Okeechobee
High School's girls soccer team improved
to (4-2) with a 5-0 win at Fort Pierce Central
Wednesday afternoon in high school girl's
soccer action.
Kailey Hoover benefited from a strong
defensive effort as she made 10 saves and
earned her third shutout victory of the year.


OHS boys

soccer team

loses to Fort

Pierce
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's boys soccer
lost for the first time this year, 1-0, in a de-
fensive battle at Fort Pierce Central Tuesday
afternoon in St. Lucie County.
Okeechobee (3-1) and Fort Pierce (6-1-1)
battled for 60 minutes without a goal before
Carlos Arellano scored for the Cobras on an
assist by Brandon Gutierrez.
Okeechobee had six shots on goal after
that score but couldn't get the ball passed
Cobra goal keeper Kyle Coleman.
Brahman Coach Lonnie Sears said he felt
his team wasn't prepared to play when they
arrived and the results showed on the field,
"The main thing is you felt our guys weren't
ready to play. Every coach has it from time
to time. We were dead out there and I can't
explain it."
Sears had to discipline a few starters who
missed practice. He was also upset that some
of the Brahman players were making com-
plaints to the referees during the match.
"It is my job to handle the referees. I tell
the players to play their game. The guys
didn't play like their coached. Some of them
aren't buying into the system right now.
These are things coaches go through but
we'll get it straightened out."
Fort Pierce figures to be a top district con-
tender this year. Sears said the Cobras out
shot the Brahmans 7-2 in the first 20 minutes
of the second half. After the goal, Okeecho-
bee got to work and dominated play on the
field but couldn't get any goals in the net.
Okeechobee best chance came in the
opening minutes when they had a one-on-
one opportunity with Coleman at the net but
got off a weak shot.
"Fort Pierce was not overwhelming, I felt
they would be better than that. We played
hard down the stretch after we decided let's
go ahead and play," he added.
Okeechobee will host Dreyfoos School of
the Arts on Friday night at 7 p.m. The Brah-
mans travel to Clewiston to meet the Tigers
on Monday night.


Brahman Coach Julie Bohannon said
the girls really played well together and are
communicating with each other, "Tiffany
and Emily were spot on Wednesday. They
played very well off of each other."
The two veteran leaders had a number
of great scores on the night as they seemed
to know where their teammate was at all
times.


nication that was taking place on the field
and we were able to move the ball success-
fully," she added.
McGee also had three assists on the night
with all of the passes going to Raulerson. A
couple of times Raulerson had point blank
scoring opportunities thanks to excellent
passes.
"I was very impressed with the level and


"You could see the thinking and commu- skill of play. We had a lot of shots on goal Dec. 8.


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Okeechobee News December 3, 2010


Holiday Happenings


Festival of Trees under way
Hospice of Okeechobee will host the an-
nual Festival of Trees silent auction starting
through Sunday, Dec. 5. Friday and Saturday
hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. For
more information about the festival please
see our web page www.hospiceofokeecho-
bee.org or call 863-467-2321. Join us for one
of Okeechobee's favorite way to get into the
holiday spirit- surrounded by beautiful trees
and shopping our Christmas Country Store.
Funds raised benefit patient care.

Cypress Hut Eagles to host
Christmas Dinner on Dec. 11
The Cypress Hut Eagles 4509 will host
a Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 11 at
5:30 p.m. Dinner menu will include Cab-
bage rolls, potatoes, veg., roll and dessert. A
drawing for a 32" LCD Vizio TV will be held.
Music by Sam Venti.

Drama Club has holiday play
The Okeechobee High School Drama
Club will present the children's show, "How
Santa Got His Christmas Tree," for families
on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are
$5 per person. The club will also be col-
lecting Toys for Tots. If the patron brings a
new, unwrapped toy to the performance
they will get in free. The club will also be
serving Christmas cookies and tea after the
performance and have a drawing for a live
small tree.

South Elementary Winter
Carnival planned for Dec. 16
The South Elementary School Winter
Carnival will be Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. In addition to the traditional cake walk,
silent auction, radio flyer ride, and games
with prizes, "Baldy The Eagle" is celebrating
his 40th birthday with birthday cake, party
favors, and photo opportunities. The Winter
Carnival is open to the community.

Santa in City Hall Park
Santa will be making his appearances in
City Hall Park on Nov. 30, and several dates
in December including, Dec. 7, 8, 9, 13 and
14, from 6 until 8 p.m. Stop by for a picture
with Santa.


Christmas cookies on sale
The Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee is
selling Christmas cookies to help the wom-
en in the community. For more information,
call 863-467-8748. Orders are being taken for
chocolate chip cookie bars, brownie bars,
peanut butter cookie bars, pecan bars, pista-
chio bark, raspberry old world rounds, egg
nog cookies, red velvet cookies and choco-
late macaroons. Price is $5 per dozen.

Holiday boat parade planned
Okeechobee Yatchette Club and Butch's
Redneck Yacht Club will host their annual
Christmas Boat Parade on Dec. 18. Decorate
your boats and meet the group on Taylor
Creek at State Road 70 by Burger King, be-
tween 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. The parade starts
at 6 p.m. and goes down Taylor Creek to the
Rim Canal, then left on the Rim Canal to
Butch's Fish Camp and ends up back at the
VFW There will be prizes for the best deco-
rated boats. For more information, contact
Arnie Whelpley at 863-634-4777.

Toys for Tots distribution
will be held Sunday, Dec. 19
Toys for Tots Distribution will be at the
Okeechobee Agri Civic Center on Sunday,
Dec. 19, from noon-4 p.m. Proof of Okeecho-
bee residency is required and children must
be present. Santa and Otis Spunkmeyer
cookies will be at the distribution party. Cur-
rent drop off locations: WOKC, Walgreens,
Trends, Fast Break, Gilbert Chevrolet, Cen-
ter State Bank, Pemayetv Emahakv Charter
School, For more information please contact
Malissa Morgan at 863-634-5852 or toysfor-
tots@embarqmail.com.

Holiday Tour Homes planned
for evenings of Dec. 3 & Dec. 4
The holiday tour of homes to benefit the
United Way of Okeechobee and the Rauler-
son Hospital Hope Fund will take place on
Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, from 6
until 9 p.m. each evening. Tickets can be
purchased at Raulerson Hospital in the front
lobby and at Susie's Hallmark in the Publix
Shopping Plaza. Ticket are $10 per person.
For more information, call Marnie Lauter at
863-824-2702.


VFW ladies to hold bazaar
The VFW Post 10539, at 3912 Hwy. 441
SE, will hold their Christmas Bazaar on Sat-
urday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. featur-
ing baked goods and Christmas decorations.
Call 863-610-0867 for information.

Window contest is under way
Okeechobee Main Street Fifth Annual
Christmas Window Decorating Contest will
begin on Dec. 8 and windows will be judged
through Dec. 11. The winner will be deter-
mined on Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Top of the
Lake Christmas Festival. For more informa-
tion, please contact Okeechobee Main Street
at 863-357-6246.

Kiwanis Santa in the Park
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will
host Kiwanis Santa in the Park in Park #4
of Flagler Parks. Santa will make his appear-
ance on Dec. 11, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22 and 23
from 6 until 8 p.m.

Christmas Parade is Dec. 11
The parade will take place on Saturday,
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The arts and crafts show
will take place in Flagler Parks beginning at 9
a.m. For applications for a booth space at the
festival, contact Okeechobee Main Street at
863-357-6246. Booth space is $50 for a ven-
dor space. Booth space is free to non-profit
organizations that can show the required tax
paperwork. Deadline to turn in parade and
park applications is Monday, Dec. 6.


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BUCKHEAD RIDGE
Hwy 78 & Linda
Road, December 11,
8 4. Moose Lodge
2nd Annual Winter
Craft Fair. Pot peo-
ple, pine needle
weaving, jewelry,
stained glass, lamp-
work bead demon-
strations and much
more. For vendor
space or info call
Bonnie 357-1556.
HUGE SALE
Saturday Dec. 4th 8am-?
580 NW 30th Lane
Clothes, toys, like new 4
wheeler, 17ft ski boat,
furniture, Vera Bradley
bags,belts,shoes and
misc.

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motors,Chevy 4 bolt,
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the fender creeper 6875
NE 5th St 4 Seasons
863-763-6305 Fri,Sat,&
Sun 10am till dark.

OKEECHOBEE 275 SW
32nd St, December 4,
2010, 8:00 -12:00. An-
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Household items,
books, toys, clothes and
misc. All proceeds
benefit Okeechobee
4-H. In the parking lot
at Mims Veterinary Hos-
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OKEECHOBEE 4333
US Hwy 441 SE, Sat.
12/04/10, 8-3. Tools,
fishing tackle, clothes,
plants, lots of Y/S good-
ies.
OKEECHOBEE 903 SE
14th CT, Dec. 3 & 4th,
8-3. Fri. and Sat. In The
Oaks of Blue Heron.
Lots of stuff.

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NW 115th Drive, Dec. 4
& 5 8am 2pm. MUL-
TI-FAMILY YARD SALES
in Quail Acres. Every-
thing from A to Z. Di-
rections: 261-5571
YARD SALE
Dec. 3rd & 4th
2332 NW 4th St
Cell phones, appliances,
computers, laptops
and misc. items
863-697-3524
Yard Sale
Friday 12/3 only
8am-2pm Cleaning out
storage unit, lots of
stuff low prices Furni-
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Driver/Assistant
PT/FT
Call (863) 467-6377
Mon. Fri. between
9 a.m. 3 p.m. only.




Medical Assistant/Re-
ceptionist
Needed P/T F/T for
medical office. Fax re-
sume to (863)467-1612






Part Time

Janitorial/Maintenance

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3 bedroom, 2 bath mo-
bile home, partially fur-
nished (living room,
bedroom and kitchen).
Trailer sits on lake in
Taylor Creek. Large
screened back porch.
$700.00 monthly plus
water and electric.
$500 nonrefundable de-
posit. (863)242-8075


CLEARING
& HAULING
Dump Truck, Back Hoe
& Bobcat Services...
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Country style enter-
tainment center 3 pc.
wood country style en-
tertainment center with
iron attachments. Con-
tact 863-381-9288
$ 4 0 0 0 0
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FOR SALE: Post Hole
Diggers (1) Hyd.con-
nection for rear of trac-
tor w/Auger bit @
$279.00, (1) Digger
w/Auger bit 4hp, Briggs
& Straton eng. @
$299.00 (863)467-9800



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FOR SALE: 1996 Bison
4-Horse Trailer. Goose-
neck. Good Condition.
Dressing/tack room in
front. $2500. Call
(863)634-7304


ROUND BALES
FOR SALE
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BEAUTIFUL 2BR, Close
to town. Newly renovat-
ed. Only $750 mo. in-
cludes water. Pets okay
upon approval. Call
561-255-4377
CLEAN APT IN TOWN -
2/2, w/d, lawn maint in-
cluded, $750 + $300
sec. (863) 634-3572
EFFICIENCY 1BR fur-
nished, for 1 person,
utilities included $500 per
mo. lyr lease & sec. dep.
Call 863-467-5616
FOR RENT
1 Bed/1 Bath $500 mo.
1st, Last & Security Call
J-R 863-697-1046
FOR RENT Bedroom
1 Bath Large Apartment
$600-1st $600 Last $400
Deposit.Located in Town,
Call 863-467-8705
FURNISHED APT ON
WATER Including all
utilities, some restric-
tions, apply by appt.
only. (863)357-2044
leave name and number
if no answer.
VIKING/PRAIRIE Effi-
ciency. Very clean!
$500/mo. Incl. utils. No
pets. Call 561-329-8205


OKEECHOBEE
TRIPLEX clean, 2 BR,
2 BA, W/D hook-up,
patio, privacy fence,
no pets. $690 mo.,
1st + $500 sec. dep.,
free garbage and lawn
maint. (417)848-3424
or (417)848-6360



2Bed/2Bath on 4 Acres
Hwy 710, 5 miles north
of FPL $1,000 Monthly
Call 772-285-2475
AFFORDABLE New
Houses, 3/2, 3/2/2, &
3/1, 1,800 sq ft, wash-
er, dryer, large kitchen.
Bring Pets. $1000/$900
per mo. (561) 723-2226
BASINGER 3/2 CBS
Home, Central Heat/Air,
Ranch setting. $900 mo.
First, last, and $500 sec.
required. 863-467-5965.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE,
4br/2ba, fenced yard,
Move in for $900.
$750 mo. Must have
references. Call
863-824-0981

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OAK PARK 2/1 CBS,
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Short term rates avail.
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leave message.
OKEECHOBEE- 3br,
2ba, unfurn., 3502 SE
18th Terrace. Call
(863)781-0532 or
(606)871-0469
OKEECHOBEE 4br, 2ba,
tile throughout, $975
mo. & up. 1st & sec.
moves you in.
(561)248-3888 or
(863)599-0156



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2bd/2ba furnished,
electric,water,trash,
included $800 per mo. +
$800 dep. Stephens
Winter Resort 9750 SW
36th Ct close to Kissim-
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Call 863-763-5771

FOR RENT: 3/2 & 2/1
Newly remodeled. 12
min. from town center
on beautiful ranch. NO
PETS! Call Mon-Fri.
(863) 467-2982

OFF 15A 3/2 M/H
W/CARPORT, SHED,
SCRN/RM $650.00 MO
+ SEC.
CALL 863-634-3003 OR
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$35,000 OBO Vacation
Home, Lake Okeecho-
bee Florida, Park Model.
Move in ready, just
bring toothbrush. Boat
slip, direct access to
lake (no locks).
(561)214-2634 or
(561)214-2633

Ancient Oaks lbd/lba
with large built on addi-
tion and 2 vehicle car-
port asking $24,900
call 863-697-6547

BANK REPO'S
Starting at $18,000
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230

ON RIM CANAL, Leased
lot (#95) BHR Marina.
Fully furnished, 1BR,
1BA, All appliances
washer, chest freezer,
new refrigerator, stove.
31'x12' attached, en-
closed & carpeted Flori-
da room. Utility shed.
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Big 0 Bass Boat; 20' 1"
175Johnson HP, 101 Ib
thurst Minn Kota TM;36V
system w/3 batteries;
on board charger; jack
plate trim, tabs, 2 LCR's
aluminum dual axle
trailer w/fiberglass fen-
ders, mag wheels
superior cond. garage
kept,1 owner all service
records purch.new from
Big O Boats 12-03 call
863-946-1625 (Lake-
port)$14,900.00

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LABELLE 36 ft. Motor
home, 3 slides & many
extras. Low mileage,
Tip Top condition.
$59,900. 863-675-3813

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2008 KZ Spree Like
BRAND NEW!!! 31', 2
slides, sleeps 9, outside
shower, microwave, too
many extras to list!!
Hook up & go!!
$ 18,000.00.
(863)634-7832
27' TRAVEL TRAILER
w/2 ROOM ADDITION -
move in condition, large
bathroom, appliances,
possible trade, you pay
lot fee. Asking
$3,600.00.
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2008 Saturn Vue
41K New Tires also
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LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns
Towing Service storage lot located at
704 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972 on DECEMBER
20, 2010, at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida Statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage charges. Year,
make, model and VIN are as follows.
1991 Mazda 626
VIN#JM1GD2420M1904974
Terms of sale are cash, and no
checks will be accepted. Seller re-
serves the right of final bid. ALL
SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE, MADEI Said automobiles
will be sold in "As Is" condition with
no guarantee's.
372600 ON 12/3/2010


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 472010CP000111

IN RE: ESTATE OF:
DAWN LYNN JOHNSTON,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
DAWN LYNN JOHNSTON, deceased,
case number 472010CP000111 has
been filed in Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, whose ad-
dress is Okeechobee County Clerk of
Court, 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeecho-
bee, Florida 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representa-
bve's attorney re set forth below. All
creditors of the Decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the Decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other
creditors of the Decedent or other
persons having claims or demands
against Decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE, ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION 733,702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITH-
STANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is December 3rd, 2010.
Mark Johnson,
Personal Representative
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Lance P. Richard, Esquire
Flonda Bar No.: 0044156
51 East Ocean Boulevard
Stuart, Florida 34994
Telephone: 772-223-9600

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Okeecho-
bee will meet in Regular Session on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, al
6:00 p.m., at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, Florida. The
public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The December 21, 2010 City of Okeechobee City Council Meeting has been
cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be January 4, 2011, at
6:00 p.m.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a
certified court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly,
any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters no
ticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimo-
ny and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based.
Please contact City Administration at 863-763-3372, or website
www.citvofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 per
sons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
should contact the City Clerk's Office at 863-763-3372 for assistance.
by: James E. Kirk, Mayor
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, City Clerk
372436 ON 12/3/2010



NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD424
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 944 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT N OF TRACT 29 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 29 25 34S 33E
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00029-N000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florda
Name in which assessed:
WESLEY MCCARROLL
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370492 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONIVIENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT
The Florida DeparbNent of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of
its intent to issue a permit for H. W. Rucks Dairy Barns 1 & 3, to be issued
to H W Rucks And Son Dairy, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the op-
eration of the waste management system in accordance with the approved
Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management
practices. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant
charge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 17510 NW
32nd Terrace, Okeechobee, Florida 34973,
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fri
day, except legal holidays, at the FDEP Southeast District Office located at
400 N. Congress Ave., Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a
timely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning fora hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected b the Department's pro-
posed permitting decision may petition for an administrative proceeding
(hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. The petition
must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by
the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Com-
monwealth, Boulevard, Mall Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Under Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administative Code, a person may re-
quest enlargement of the time for filing a petition for an administrave
hearing. The request must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel before the end of the time period for filing a petition for an
administrative hearing.
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice un
der Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days
of publication of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written
notice, whichever occurs first. Under Secton 120.60(3), Florida Statutes,
however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency
action may file a petition within fourteen days of receipt of such notice, re-
gardless of the date of publication.
The petitoner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the ad-
dress indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file
a petition within fourteen days of receipt of notice shall constitute a waiver
of that person's right to request an administrative determination (hearing)
under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. Any subsequent intr-
vention (in a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the dis-
cretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance
with Rule 28-106.205, Florida Administrative Code.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action
is based must contain the following information:
(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the
name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if
any; the Department permit identification number and the county in which
the subject matter or activity is located;
(b) A statement of how and when each petitioner received notice of the De-
partment action;
(c) A statement of how each petitioner's substantial interests are affected
by the Department action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the
petition must so indicate;
(e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or
modification of the Department action;
(f) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules
and, statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief; and (g) A statement of
the relief sought by the pebtioner, stating precisely the action that the peti-
tioner wants the Department to take.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final ac-
tion may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons
whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the
Department have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding,
in accordance with the requirements set forth above.
Mediation under Secton 120.573, Florida Statutes, is not available for this
proceeding.
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD420
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 327 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT D TRACT 24 W1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2 OF
N 1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-0A00-00024-D000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administation no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at ARS Powersports, 4422 Hwy 441 N, Okee-
chobee Fl, 34972, (863)467-0900, on Friday, the 17th day of December,
2010, from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. Lien claimed is in pursuant to Florida
Statute 713.585 for unpaid labor, service performed and storage. Year,
Make Model & Vin as follows:
2006 Blue and Silver Polaris Ranger 700
4XARD68A864106295
Terms of sale are cash and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final. No refunds will be made. Said off
road vehicles will be sold "As Is" with no guarantees. Notce is hereby gv-
en that the owner of the vehicle or any person claiming an interest in or ien
thereon has a right to a hearing with the clerk of the circuit court of Okee-
chobee County and that he owner of the vehicle has a right to recover pos-
session of the vehicle without instituting judicial proceedings by posting
bond in accordance with the provision of section 559-917, Florida Statutes.
Any proceeds from the sale of the vehicle remaining after payment of the
amount claimed to be due and owing to the lienor will be deposited with
the clerk of court for disposition upon court order
372591 ON 12/3/2010

PUBLIC NOTICE
The County Coalition for Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee
and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries and Lake Worth Lagoon will
hold a "16 County Ecosystem Restoration Summit Meeting on Fri-
day, December 10, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the "Judge William L. Hendry
Courtroom" at the Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida.
Please take notice and be advised that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Coalition with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and
for h purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record o the proceedings
is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Clif Betts, Jr, Chairman
County Coalition for Responsible Management of
Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucle and Caloosahatchee Estuaries
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Paula Poskon/ Deputy Clerk
372693 ON 12/3/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD421
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 328 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 24 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-0A00-00024-F000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at fe Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370470 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD419
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 110 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT K OF TRACT 30 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF N1/2
OF S1/2 OF TRACT 30 09 34S 33E
1-09-34-33-OAOO-00030-KOOO
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DANIEL JSTUBBS
JESSICA M STUBBS
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at fe Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370468 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD422
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 329 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT G OF TRACT 24 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N 1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-0A00-00024-G000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scnbed in such certificat shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370471 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE PERMIT
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives nobce of
its intent to issue a permit for H. W. Rucks Dairy Barn #2, to be issued to H
W Rucks And Son Dairy, Inc. The proposed permit authorizes the operation
of the waste management system in accordance with the approved Nutrient
Management Plan, which also limits the herd size and management practic-
es. The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Dis-
charge Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S.
Environmental Protecton Agency. The dairy is located at 15780 NE 1st Way,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972.
The intent to issue and application file are available for public inspection
during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day, except legal holidays, at the FDEP Southeast District Ofice located at
400 N. Congress Ave., Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
The Department will issue the permit with the attached conditions unless a
timely petition for an administrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569
and 120.57, Florida Statutes, within fourteen days of receipt of notice. The
procedures for petitioning for a hearing are set forth below.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Department's pro-
posed permitbng decision may petition for an administrative proceeding
(hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. The petition
must contain the information set forth below and must be filed (received by
the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Com-
monwealth Boulevard, Mall Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Under Rule 62-110.106(4), Florida Administrative Code; a person may re-
quest enlargement of the bme for filing a petition for an administrative
hearing. The request must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of
General Counsel before the end of the bme period for filing a petition for an
administrative hearing.
Petitions filed by any persons oer tan those entitled to written notice un-
der Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes, must be filed within fourteen days
of publication of the notice or within fourteen days of receipt of the written
notice, whichever occurs first Under Section 120.60(3), Florida Statutes,
however, any person who has asked the Department for notice of agency
acon may file a petition within fourteen days of receipt of such notice, re-
gardless of the date of publication.
The petitioner shall mal a copy of the petition to the applicant at the ad
dress indicated above at the time of filing. The failure of any person to file a
pebtion within fourteen days of receipt of notice shall constitute a waiver of
that person's right to request an adminisative determination (hearing) un-
der Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes. Any subsequent inter-
venton (n a proceeding initiated by another party) will be only at the
discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compliance
with Rule 28-106.205, Florida Administrative Code,
A pebtion that disputes the material facts on which the Department's action
is based must contain the following information:
(a) The name, address, and telephone number of each petitioner; the
name, address, and telephone number of the pebtioner's representative, if
any; the Department permit identification number and the county in which
the subject matter or activity is located;
(b) A statement how and when each petitoner received notice of the De-
partment action;
(c) A statement of how each petitoner's substantial interests are affected
by the Department action;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact. If there are none, the
petition must so indicate;
(e) A statement of facts that the petitioner contends warrant reversal or
modification of the Department action;
(f) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, as well as the rules
and statutes which entitle the petitioner to relief; and (g) A statement of
the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action that the pet-
boner wants the Department to take.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final
agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Department's final ac-
bon may be different from the position taken by it in this notice. Persons
whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the
Department have the right to pebtion to become a party to the proceeding,
in accordance with the requirements set forth above.
Mediaton under Section 120.573, Florida Statutes, is not available for this
proceeding.
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD429
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 22 YearofIssuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOTS K & L OF TRACT 08 EAST 1/2 OF THE
WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 8 AND
THE WEST 1/2 OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE
SOUTH 1/2 OF TRACT 8, BOTH BEING IN SECTION 8 AS TO THE
SOUTHERN COLONIZATION COMPANY PLAT OF TOWNSHIP 34
SOUTH, RANGE 33 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGES 3-3E, INCLUSIVE, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
1-08-34-33-OA0-00008-K000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florda
Name in which assessed:
RIPROCK HOMES INC
RYAN EMMER
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Sandra L. Creech
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St Luce, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
371628 ON 11/19,26;12/3,10/2010

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD428
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SCOTT OR RENEE WITTER the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 3029 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: COM AT AN EXISTING 5 X 5 CONCRETE
MONUMENT MARKING THE NE COR OF SEC 24 THENCE S 00 DEG
03 MIN 02 SEC E ALONG THE ESTRLY SEC LINE OF SEC 24 A BEING
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 13 AND 24, TOWNSHIP 38
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND
BEING FURTHER BOUNDED AND DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COM-
MENCE AT AN EXISTING 5X5 CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING
THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 38 SOUTH,
RANGE 36 EAST; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 03 MIN 02 SEC EAST
ALONG THE EASTERLY SECTION LINE OF SAID SECTION 24, A DIS-
TANCE OF 1728.05 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE NORTH 53 DEG
20 MIN 47 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 2296.94 FEET TO AN IRON
PIN MARKING THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE
NORTH 53 DEG 20 MIN 47 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF 808.03 FEET
TO AN IRON PIN MARKING A POINT LYING ON THE EASTERLY
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF S.R. 15-B; THENCE NORTH 38 DEG 12
MIN 50 SEC EAST, ALONG SAID RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A DISTANCE
OF 269.67 FEET TO AN IRON PIN; THENCE SOUTH 53 DEG 20 MIN
47 SEC EAST A DISTANCE OF 808.03 FEET TO AN IRON PIN;
THENCE SOUTH 38 DEG 12 MIN 50 SEC WEST, A DISTANCE OF
269.67 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
1-13-38-36-OAOO-00001-BO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Flonda
Name in which assessed:
DANIEL B DELEON
MARIA DELEON
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to parbcipate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370500 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF OUA MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will
meet in regular session on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:30 A.M., at
the Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida.
All interested parties for or against the proposed Budget and other chang
es can be heard at said time and place. The needs of hearing or visually
impaired persons shall be met by contacting the Execubve Director's Ofice
at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours pror to the Public Hearing by any person
wishing assistance.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the Authority with respect to such meebngs, he
or she will need a record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to
ensure that a verbabm record of the proceedings is made; which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court reporter, stenographer, or tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
BY ORDER OF THE OKEECHOBEE
UTILITY AUTHORITY
John F. Hayford
Executive Director
372707 ON 12/3/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD425
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 945 YearofIssuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property LOT G OF TRACT 30 W1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 30 25 34S 33E
1-25-34-33-OAOO-00030-GO00
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
DONALD M BEBBER
Unless said cerbficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
370497 ON 11/19,26 & 12/3,10/2010


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD426
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that ALUMNI PARTNERS II LLC the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip-
tion of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 963 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT F OF TRACT 10 E1/2 OF W1/2 OF S1/2
OFN1/2 OF TRACT 10 26 34S 33E
1-26-34-33-OAOO-00010-F00O
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
JOSEPH ST VICTOR LEGER
MARIE G LEGER
Unless said cerbficate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD423
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that JOSEPH ZACHARY GAZZA the holder
of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be is-
sued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description
of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certificate No: 330 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Descripton of Property: LOT H OF TRACT 24 E1/2 OF E1/2 OF S1/2
OF N1/2 OF TRACT 24 13 34S 33E
1-13-34-33-OAOO-00024-H000
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
MICHELLE SPEARMAN
STEPHEN M SPEARMAN
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Flonda 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodabon to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administrabon no later that seven days pror to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with-
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED
2010TD427
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that SCOTT OR RENEE WITTER the hold-
er of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be
issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the descrip
bon of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows:
Certifcate No: 2810 Year of Issuance: May-30-2008
Description of Property: LOT 3F, FOUR SEASONS ESTATES, AN UNRE-
CORDED SUBDIVISION LYING IN SECTIONS 17 AND 18, TOWN-
SHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTH ONE-QUARTER CORNER OF SAID SEC-
TION 17; THENCE NORTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC WEST ALONG
THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 152.18
FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF THIS DESCRIPTION;
THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 89 DEG 57 MIN 33 SEC WEST ALONG
SAID SOUTH LINE OF SECTION 17, A DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC EAST, PARALLEL WITH THE
WEST LINE OF THE SOUTH ONE-HALF OF SAID SECTION 17, A DIS-
TANCE OF 184.73 FEET TO THE SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
THE N.E. 1ST STREET (80.00 FEET WIDE); THENCE SOUTH 89 DEG
24 MIN 08 SEC EAST ALONG SAID SOUTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE, A
DISTANCE OF 198.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEG 05 MIN 07 SEC
WEST, A DISTANCE OF 182.53 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING
LESS THE SOUTH 60.00 FEET RESERVED FOR A DRAINAGE EASE-
MENT.
1-17-37-36-OAOO-00003-003F
Said property being in the County of Okeechobee, State of Florida
Name in which assessed:
ISABEL LUGO
SEVERINO MAYA
Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property de-
scribed in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center, Jury Assembly Room, 312 NW 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 10:00 A.M., on the 30th day of December, 2010.
SUBJECT TO CURRENT TAXES
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Flonda
/s/ Lynn Sham
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE REGARDING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990;
In accordance with the Amencans With Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact
Court Administration no later that seven days prior to the proceeding at 250
NW Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucle, Florida 34986, 1.772.807.4370 with
in two working days of your receipt of this notice. IF YOU ARE HEARING
IMPAIRED CALL 1.800.955.8771; IF YOU ARE VOICE IMPAIRED CALL
1.800.955.8770.
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